North Carolina January 10, 2017
The 12 Places You Should Eat In North Carolina In 2017
North Carolina has so many amazing restaurants, it can be hard to decide exactly where you should dine. While many of us are already aware of the several
award-winning restaurants, hole in the wall diners, and even mom-and-pop restaurants, there are also a lot of new restaurants coming on the scene that make North Carolina a true culinary adventure in 2017. These 12 are a mix of old and new, but deserve a try in the new year.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Fancy sushi worth the splurge: O-Ku Charlotte
O-Ku added a second location (the original is in Charleston) to Charlotte's South End neighborhood in 2016. It quickly became one of the hottest sushi restaurants in town and also a great place to spend a Friday night with DJs and a swanky vibe. You might be spending a pretty penny here depending on what you get, but the sushi is first-class. If you want to try a few rolls without spending an arm and leg, check out O-Ku's social media to find out when sushi happy hour is!
2. The most famous sandwich in North Carolina: Snappy Lunch, Mount Airy
The pork chop sandwich is so famous - it might as well have its own following. A pancake battered pork chop comes topped with sweet chili, mustard, slaw, and you can add lettuce, mustard and tomatoes if you wish. Andy Griffith fans also love the nostalgia of dining here! Snappy Lunch was also featured in our list of the
10 longest-standing restaurants
in North Carolina.
3. Uniquely curated dishes with Appalachian roots: Local Provisions, Asheville
Local Provisions has quickly garnered national accolades - it was featured in Southern Living's Best New Restaurants in the South and also was just recognized by USA Today's 10 Best New Restaurants, Readers Choice. Staying true to its name, local ingredients are foraged and turned into works of art. It takes the same recipes that have been passed down through the wild and rugged Appalachian mountains for generations. It's well worth the stop! Read what critics are saying about Local Provisions in our article
4. Best new BBQ on the scene: Buxton Hall Barbecue, Asheville
Here in North Carolina, we treasure our classic, pit-smoked BBQ and prefer restaurants with a long standing history. One fairly new contender in the NC BBQ world is Buxton Hall. Bringing eastern-style, whole hog BBQ to Asheville, it's not just the Q but also other dishes that are amazing. The fried chicken sandwich is a standout dish and a must order! Read what we're saying about Buxton Hall
5. Low key diner with a must-order dish: Poole's Diner, Raleigh
The macaroni au gratin is the one mac n cheese dish to rule them all. No one does it quite like Poole's Diner. Owned by chef Ashley Christensen, who owns a number of other amazing Triangle restaurants (like the amazing Death and Taxes) it's a more laid back experience with unique yet familiar dishes. If you're wondering what else to order at Poole's, read our piece
6. Coastal restaurant with most inventive seafood: Ceviche's, Wilmington
While the name says it all - most of the dishes revolve around the classic seafood dish - you can't beat the Latin American ambiance and incredible food at Ceviche's. Wilmington has plenty of great seafood spots, but this one is a step ahead of the rest. Ceviche's also got a mention in our article about the
10 Best Seafood Restaurants
in North Carolina.
7. Dining with a side of history and most unique atmosphere: The Tavern in Old Salem, Winston-Salem
A restaurant that also doubles as a historical landmark does not fall short on the history aspect. Diners enjoy candlelit meals while servers don period-piece attire. Located in historic Old Salem, it's a perfect spot for lunch or dinner while exploring all the history. Read our full piece about it
8. A hole-in-the-wall worth driving across the state for: Big Oak Drive In, Salter Path
While Big Oak's claim to fame is the amazing shrimpburger (two buns, small fried shrimp, sweet slaw and a squirt of ketchup) they also have amazing hot dogs, burgers, and BBQ. If shrimp isn't your go-to, the oysterburger or clamburger are just as amazing. Read our full story on Big Oak
9. Best biscuit breakfast spot: Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen, Chapel Hill
While North Carolinians do love a good cajun filet biscuit from Bojangles, try something different at Sunrise Biscuits. The drive-thru makes it easy to access and the biscuits are absolutely amazing. Build your own and you won't be disappointed. We also featured Sunrise on our list of
10 Under the Radar Restaurants.
10. A restaurant you might've never heard of but should try ASAP: Slappy's Chicken, Winston-Salem
If you're not from Winston, you might've never heard of Slappy's. If that's the case you're missing out on some of the best fried chicken in North Carolina - that's of course topped with the slappy sauce that makes it so delicious. The sides are to die for as well. It's simple yet delicious.
11. Most unique setting with classic southern cooking: Mike's Farm, Beulaville
A restaurant on a farm - you betcha! Mike's Farm is located in a gorgeous setting and the history makes it even more unique. The 'family-style' meal mirrors that of what the original owners used to serve after a long day on the farm. Fried chicken, green beans, mac n' cheese, soft biscuits - it's all amazing here at this one-of-a-kind restaurant. Read our full story about Mike's Farm and learn the history
12. Hot new restaurant that lives up to the hype: Cafe Lucarne, Raleigh
Cafe Lucarne recently opened in the historic City Market. The two owners also own the popular Stanbury, but Cafe Lucarne is a bit more mellow offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner (just get there before they close at 8:30). Breakfast includes dishes like lox and grits, while lunch offers hearty healthy options like sandwiches piled with avocado. Dinner is traditional, but don't forget to try a meat and cheese plate. Diners also rave about the bread and rightly so. For having such a simple and also somewhat ambiguous concept, it's a must-try if you find yourself in the Triangle area.
2017 is certainly looking delicious at this point. So many amazing restaurants and the best part is that they’re each so unique! Which one would you add to the list? Have you already tried a few on here?